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What's in the Basement? Glass photo negatives of Brigham Young

Posted at 10:22 PM, Jul 26, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — Among the pieces of Utah's past stored in the Rio Grande Train Station in Salt Lake City are delicate glass plate negatives.

One from 1868 shows Brigham Young and the rest of the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, along with the Quorum of Twelve Apostles.

The glass plate is still capable of producing photographs, and it’s image has been enhanced in recent years with the help of the LDS Church and Ron Fox.

The Utah Divisions of History and Art have amassed a combined total of 1.8 million items of cultural and historical significance since beginning their collections in the late 1800’s. The carefully curated collections fill the basement of the old station where the Utah State Historical Society has a research center on the main floor.

The public has never had access to the basement, and following the earthquake which struck Salt Lake City in March, the entire building is now closed for repairs.

In an effort to share a bit of Utah history, FOX 13 teamed up with the Utah Divisions of History and Art. Experts with those organizations showed us some of their favorite items from the permanent collection.

Watch the video to learn more about the image of Brigham Young.

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